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Zaandam on the move!


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Zaandam left the anchorage off Torquay yesterday evening after nearly six months ‘at rest’.

She gained many friends ashore and her departure from the bay was marked by a horn contest with the Eurodam and the Marella Explorer both of which were anchored in the near vicinity. The sound of the horns echoed around the hills which adjoin Torbay and was very moving.

She was bound for Southampton for stores and fuel and is then going to join her sister Volendam in Corfu to hopefully resume cruising in the Mediterranean. I think this is a brave move on the part of HAL  because Europe is currently in the grip of a third wave of the Pandemic with infections in some countries doubling every 10:days. Because of EU bureaucracy, the vaccination programme is woefully slow with average of 12% of population vaccinated compared to 30+% in the US and 50% in the UK. 
Maybe the 3rd wave will have passed by the time she is ready.🤞🤞🤞

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55 minutes ago, Mickb said:

Because of EU bureaucracy, the vaccination programme is woefully slow

Or the shortage of vaccines, depends on your political viewpoint.

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I think in large part the reason for all the lines showing interest in cruising in Greece,  is because with or without a new or future surge or wave of virus unlike the rest of Europe Greece is betting  100% on vaccinated tourism to re-open their economy and embracing vaccinated cruising as the cornerstone to the plan, and ignoring the rest of Europe's lockdowns.

 

So maybe we'll be adding HAL to the list of cruise lines (MSC, RCCL, Costa, Celebrity, Aida, & Mien Shief) to sail  exclusive Greek itineraries this summer (?) 

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On 3/31/2021 at 6:26 PM, srpilo said:

I think in large part the reason for all the lines showing interest in cruising in Greece,  is because with or without a new or future surge or wave of virus unlike the rest of Europe Greece is betting  100% on vaccinated tourism to re-open their economy and embracing vaccinated cruising as the cornerstone to the plan, and ignoring the rest of Europe's lockdowns.

 

So maybe we'll be adding HAL to the list of cruise lines (MSC, RCCL, Costa, Celebrity, Aida, & Mien Shief) to sail  exclusive Greek itineraries this summer (?) 

Just imagine the queues on Santorini. 

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On 3/31/2021 at 6:26 PM, srpilo said:

I think in large part the reason for all the lines showing interest in cruising in Greece,  is because with or without a new or future surge or wave of virus unlike the rest of Europe Greece is betting  100% on vaccinated tourism to re-open their economy and embracing vaccinated cruising as the cornerstone to the plan, and ignoring the rest of Europe's lockdowns.

 

So maybe we'll be adding HAL to the list of cruise lines (MSC, RCCL, Costa, Celebrity, Aida, & Mien Shief) to sail  exclusive Greek itineraries this summer (?) 

You may be correct..

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29 minutes ago, Crazy For Cats said:

The Zaandam is making a technical stop in Gibraltar.  A crew member has appendicitis and needs attention.

 

https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/24723-technical-call-for-holland-america-line-s-zaandam-in-gibraltar.html

 

 

That stop was made on Tuesday evening and Zaandam departed GIB yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon with a destination listed as Augusta, Italy. (Sicily).

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20 minutes ago, VMax1700 said:

That stop was made on Tuesday evening and Zaandam departed GIB yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon with a destination listed as Augusta, Italy. (Sicily).

Thank you for the information.  By the way, I am sorry to learn of the repressive lookdowns that continue on the Emerald Isle.  It is almost brings back the stories of the penal days.

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